Federal prosecutors have been granted more time to prepare their case against Jeffrey Johnston, the Littleton police officer accused of buying $1,300 worth of Ecstasy.
Federal Magistrate Kathleen Tafoya gave the prosecution an additional 10 days – or until Aug. 19 -- to bring its case before a federal grand jury.
Johnston is charged with one count of suspected possession of a mixture containing MDMA with the intent to distribute; one count of maintaining a suspected drug-involved home; one count of suspicion of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime; and one count of suspected use of a telephone for drug trafficking.
If convicted, Johnston could face up to 20 years for the distribution charge, up to 20 years for maintaining a drug residence, and from five to 20 years for the firearm charge.
Federal prosecutors asked for more time to trace the origin of the firearms and other drugs they say were found in the home. Johnston has been released from custody on a $100,000 bond and is required to wear a GPS tracking device.
The Littleton Police Department has placed Johnston on unpaid administrative leave. As part of his bond agreement, Johnston must report any contact with law enforcement.
The FBI arrested Johnston at his home in Parker on July 19. Federal prosecutors accuse Johnston of purchasing about 16 grams of the drug MDMA, commonly referred to as Ecstasy, from an FBI informant. In the subsequent search of Johnston’s house, the FBI said it found numerous firearms and ammunition along with suspected cocaine, prescription pills and steroids.
Johnston joined the Littleton Police Department in 1991 and is a patrolman in the traffic division, said Littleton police Commander Trent Cooper. In the early 1990s, Johnston served on the South Metro Drug Task Force.
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